Points North, Ep. 20: In transit

Jul 11, 2019

This week on Points North, female pilots are underrepresented in the commercial aviation industry. That’s been true for a while, but a program in northern Michigan is making progress. Plus, the plight of fudge at local airports and a story from Michigan’s maritime past.



Local aviation students navigate male-dominated field
NMC aviation students Hannah Beard (left) and Jessi Martin (right) prepare for a cross-country flight in their single-propellor plane.
Credit Bronte Cook / Interlochen Public Radio

Across the world, there’s a dramatic airplane pilot shortage. According to Boeing, America will need over 200 thousand new pilots in the next two decades. 

Despite the growing demand, some demographics are still extremely underrepresented in the industry, including women. But at Northwestern Michigan College the number of female aviation students is far above the national average.

Hear how women are finding new ways to navigate the male-dominated field. 


Check your fudge separately, TSA says
A picture from the security line at the Pellston Regional Airport blew up on social media last month.
Credit Grandpa Shorter’s Michigan Gifts and Petoskey Stones/Facebook

Every summer millions of visitors fly into airports across the state, and the Transportation Security Administration has a very specific request for passengers in Michigan.


The evolution of the historic steamer, City of Traverse.
The brand new steamer, City of Traverse, first came to its namesake community May 1, 1871.
Credit Grand Traverse Historical Society

A trip by boat across Lake Michigan is much more rare than it was a century ago. But in the early 1900s passenger steamers were the main way vacationers got Up North for the summer. 


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